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General Description

Iris blooms are sensational with bright vivid colors that dramatically stand out in any garden.  With several different types, bloom season can last from late March well into June.  After each type blooms and for the rest of the summer, the grass-like foliage provides a pleasing appearance especially mixed among other plants.

Bearded irises range from very short to the more familiar tall ones.   The bloom time for each variety typically lasts two weeks.  Short bearded irises begin blooming first, some cute little ones even in March.  April features the mediums, and the talls are usually blooming throughout May and can last into June depending on the weather.  By planting some of each, you can extend your iris bloom time considerably.  There are rebloomers which rest after the initial bloom and then may rebloom 4 to 8 weeks later if weather, soil, moisture, and location conditions are favorable. 

Irises have thick, fleshy roots called rhizomes.  Most of the bearded irises like to have their rhizomes at or just above the soil surface.  Spuria irises, a very tall non-bearded iris type, bloom in June after the tall bearded ones are done.  They prefer to have their rhizomes covered.  We have 26 spuria irises, but they will probably not be for sale until 2018.

Keeping iris beds free of old brown leaves and other plant debris can go a long way in preventing disease and iris borer problems.

Most Irises will be priced at $7.00 per Rhizome (tuberous root).

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